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Friday 8 December 2023

Circle of Gerard de Jode’s engraving, “Hezekiah Stopping the Water Supply Outside Jerusalem”, 1585, after Maarten de Vos

Unidentified printmaker from the circle of Gerard de Jode (aka Geeraert de Jode; Geerart de Jode; Gerardo de Jode; Gheerde de Jode; Gheraerde de Jode; Girard de Jode; Gerard de Jode (1516/17–1591)

Hezekiah Stopping the Water Supply Outside Jerusalem” (aka “Hizkia sluit de bronnen buiten Jeruzalem af”), 1585, plate 2 from the series of four plates, “The Story of Hezakiah and Sennacherib” (aka “Geschiedenis van Hizkia en Sanherib”), after the design by Maarten de Vos (aka Maarten de Vos; Maerten de Vos) (1532–1603) and published in 1585 in Antwerp by Gerard de Jode and later in 1643 (state ii) by Claes Jansz. Visscher (aka Piscator) (1587–1652) in “Thesaurus Sacrarum historiarum Veteris et Novi Testamenti.” This is a lifetime impression from the first edition published by Gerard de Jode.

Engraving on fine laid paper with a fork-tailed Gothic letter "P" surmounted by a quatrefoil watermark (Briquet 8684/8686).

Size: (sheet) 23.8 x 31.6 cm; (plate) 19.7 x 28.9 cm; (image borderline) 18.8 x 28.8 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: “Hostibus obturat fontes puteosque Esechias Ne longa ciuis obsidione prema[n]t 2 Paral. capit. 32.” ([Google transl.] “Ezekias stops the enemies' fountains and wells, so that he does not pressurize the people with a long siege.”)

State i (of ii) before the addition of the plate number (“2”).

Hollstein 130 i/ii (Christiaan Schuckman comp. 1996, “Dutch and Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts ca. 1450–1700: Maarten de Vos”, vol. 44, Rotterdam, Sound and Vision Rijksprentenkabinet, pp. 37–38, cat. no. 130).

The Rijksmuseum offers the following description of this print: “[transl.] King Hezekiah has the wells and irrigation canals outside Jerusalem closed so that Sennacherib and his army will not have an abundance of water during the siege of Jerusalem. In the background, the walls of Jerusalem are being reinforced and provided with towers. Below the scene a reference in Latin to the Bible text” (

See also the descriptions of this print offered by the British Museum (with somewhat startling contemporary colouring) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art:;  

Condition: a strong and well-printed early impression from a plate showing no sign of wear. Beyond an abraded mark on the left side, the sheet is in an excellent condition for its considerable age with reasonably wide margins, no tears, folds or significant stains (but there are a few minor marks).

I am selling this strong lifetime impression of an engraving showing the thirteenth king of Judah, King Hezekiah (aka Ezekias), on the left directing his workers to cut off the water supply necessary for his foe, King Sennacherib of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, to lay siege on Jerusalem, for a total cost of AU$293 (currently US$195.84/EUR177.20/GBP155.98 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this marvellous engraving exemplifying the spirit of the period style of Mannerism—note the abundant rhythms, theatrical gestures, distortion of figures and shallow pictorial space—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold 

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